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TLDC is proud to be London's first whisky distillery since Lea Valley closed its doors for the final time over a century ago. To discover more, meet the team and learn about our beautiful copper stills, Christina and Matilda, simply scroll down or click below.

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How it all began

It is a little known fact that The London Distillery Company's history stretches all the way back to 1807, when a serial entrepreneur by the name of Ralph Dodd sent a prospectus to potential investors outlining his plans for a new distillery. Having grown tired of the pernicious quality of spirits being retailed at the time, establishing such a company, in his mind, was a necessity, a virtue and "a national good". Ralph was unsuccessful in his endeavour, but when Darren and Nick Taylor met in 2011, the company was incorporated and brought to life . 

The London Distillery Company as Ralph Dodd dreamt it over two hundred years ago was never fully realised. But his vision, to provide the British public with Genuine British Spirits of the best quality and without any adulteration, is a noble one that we at TLDC continue to champion today.

Drink Genuine British Spirits.

  • Organic ingredients

    We are committed to sourcing only the purest organic ingredients – from malt to spirit to botanicals – as locally and ethically as possible.

  • Solar panels

    We are a green, eco-friendly company, and we are determined to power the distillery using only hydrocarbon-alternative energy by 2015.

  • Low carbon footprint

    We are continuously striving to lower our carbon-footprint, whether this means buying our botanicals from countries closer to home or encouraging local bakeries to use our spent grain for making bread.

  • Heat recovery

    Distilling is an energy-intensive process, so we have designed a unique cooling water system to recover heat from our copper stills for use elsewhere.

Who's making it happen

The team at TLDC is made up of accomplished professionals from all walks of life. Whether it's craft brewing, trademark law, or tree surgery, each member brings with them their own unique perspective and skill set.

TLDC’s commander-elect and entrepreneurial force is no stranger to whisk[e]y. With a decade of experience in the drinks industry, Darren has proven himself a true champion of spirits innovation and a noteworthy candidate to drive the British craft distilling movement forward.
As our Lead Distiller Graham heads up the distilling team following a colourful career as a model maker and artist. Having played a part in the botanical selection and development of our award winning Dodd's gin, he’s now focussing on whisky production and the development of new spirits.

We're continuously looking for talented and passionate people to join us in Bermondsey. So if you think you can contribute to our noble cause in some way, contact us.